Master's Program

Conflict Resolution offers three graduate credentials in a cohort model: A Graduate Certificate in CR, a Graduate Certificate in Applied CR, and the full MA/MS.  The  Certificates will admit 12-20 students per year.  The full master's degree is highly selective and will only admit 4-6 students per year.  In a given academic  year, full-time graduate students can expect to take their first 20 required credits together as a cohort.  The Applied Certificate and MA/MS students will then fan out into their elective classes and can expect a few advanced undergraduates in their courses, per the norm at Portland State.  Then, the full master's degree students will then complete their final 12 credits as a smaller cohort in specialized classes that support their culminating experience (Project or Thesis).

One of the best ways to learn about our graduate program in detail is to read the Graduate Handbook. In it you will find a very thorough description of program expectations as well as the general requirements for successful graduate study in Conflict Resolution.

PDF iconFinal Graduate Handbook Conflict Resolution September 2019.pdf


Master’s degree holders are prepared for leadership positions in conflict management and intervention in governmental, non-governmental, and corporate settings at the local, regional, national and international levels. Graduate students emphasize implications of diverse perspectives and skills development for leadership in conflict and peace intervention, focusing on perspectives, strategies and processes at the organizational and institutional level of conflict transformation and peacebuilding.